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CNN Carol Costello questions Repub claim of evidence linking Saddam - 9/11
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Good morning.

COSTELLO: Representative Hayes, your district includes Fort Bragg, where the president made his speech.

I want to read you an e-mail from one of our viewers. Dan in California writes: "Bush really should be making this speech at Arlington National Cemetery, not at Fort Bragg."

Was it appropriate for President Bush to speak there?

HAYES: Absolutely, it was. It shows our love and appreciation for the troops and what they're doing. The president spent three hours with family members who've lost loved ones as a result of this war against terror and terrorists.

COSTELLO: But isn't he, in part, using Fort Bragg as an appropriate backdrop to cheerlead the war in Iraq?

HAYES: It's not about cheerleading the war in Iraq, it's about informing the American people of the progress that's been made. The e-mail I got from Iraq yesterday, "a time line is a terrible mistake," "we are winning," "we will win." And the stakes, the future is Western civilization and freedom around the world.

COSTELLO: President Bush said in his speech we're there to fight terrorists. But he failed to explain how a war to remove a dictator bent on using nuclear weapons has turned into a fight against Muslim militants.

Doesn't he owe us an explanation?

HAYES: He gave us a very good explanation of what the war is about. It's winning the war against terror and people that would kill us, innocent women and children. This is about a military action against ruthless, brutal killers who have no conscience whatsoever.

COSTELLO: Well, we understand that.

HAYES: It's about destroying us.

COSTELLO: But that's not what it started out, when the United States invaded Iraq.

It's changed, hasn't it?

HAYES: I don't think it's changed at all. It's very clear that terrorists are connected to what Saddam Hussein was all about. And that again faces up to the most severe threat going forward...

COSTELLO: But there is no...

HAYES: We have to do a good job explaining...

COSTELLO: ... evidence that Saddam Hussein was connected in any way to al Qaeda.

HAYES: Ma'am, I'm sorry, but you're mistaken. There's evidence everywhere. We get access to it, unfortunately others don't. But the evidence is very clear.

COSTELLO: What evidence is there?

HAYES: The connection between individuals who were connected to Saddam Hussein, folks who worked for him, we've seen it time and time again. But the issue is where are we now. Nobody disputes 9/11. They would do that again if not prevented. Preventing 9/11 wherever it might happen in America, winning the war overseas, not bringing it here to our shores, is the issue in that regard.

COSTELLO: Well, are you saying that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11?

HAYES: I'm saying that Saddam Hussein -- and I think you're losing track of what we're trying to talk about here -- Saddam Hussein and people like him were very much involved in 9/11. Did he make the phone call and say...

COSTELLO: There's no evidence of that.

HAYES: Well, I'm sorry, you haven't looked in the right places.

COSTELLO: I must not have, because I know of no evidence connecting Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden or al Qaeda. And, also, there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. And many people writing to us this morning wanted the president to explain those things.

HAYES: Well, we would be glad to explain it. I'd love to talk to those people face-to-face because hundreds of thousands of Kurds were gassed and killed, biological weapons were used. Fortunately, nuclear weapons weren't there. That's one smoking gun we didn't find. But it's very clear he would have used it if he could. The terrorists that remain would clearly use nuclear, biological, chemical, any other kind of weapon to destroy you, me and our families.

COSTELLO: All right, well, let me ask you this, because taxpayers are doling out in excess of $400 billion to pay for this war. You have the power when it comes to this.

Is there a time when you will say enough?

HAYES: I will say enough when we have victory against terror and terrorists. We are winning the war in Iraq. A time line is a terrible idea. That came directly from the people who are fighting the war. Progress is being made. The men and women are doing a fabulous job. There's a time line clearly with a constitution and elections being held. We stand down as they stand up. Progress is being made every day in the strength and confidence of the Iraqi security forces. That's what brings our men and women home. And the stake is our future and our children's future.

COSTELLO: A final question.

Do you feel safer here because of the war in Iraq? Is that preventing terrorist attacks in the United States?

HAYES: Absolutely. Well, we haven't had an attack since 9/11, and that's what we're here to prevent. And I absolutely do feel safer. If not now, when? If not here, where? And better in Iraq than in America.

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  -CNN Carol Costello questions Repub claim of evidence linking Saddam - 9/11 dancingme  Jun-29-05 08:53 AM   #0 
  - thanks, i watched, but reading it is even better  mopaul   Jun-29-05 08:59 AM   #1 
  - Carol Costello has BALLS!  dancingme   Jun-29-05 09:01 AM   #4 
  - What happened to Carol? She's asking tougher questions now.  CottonBear   Jun-29-05 08:59 AM   #2 
  - Carol Costello used to be a teevee anchor on one of our local stations  Husb2Sparkly   Jun-29-05 09:04 AM   #9 
  - Miles O'Brien adopted a tougher line, too.  americanstranger   Jun-29-05 09:04 AM   #10 
  - i guess polls to matter to the stenographers  Supersedeas   Jun-29-05 10:13 AM   #27 
  - She's a cheerleader for the Morans...maybe she's off the kool-aid I V  xultar   Jun-29-05 10:14 AM   #28 
  - Oh my God. That man is a fucking loon  Husb2Sparkly   Jun-29-05 09:00 AM   #3 
  - And he has how many relatives fighting there??  classicfilmfan   Jun-29-05 09:11 AM   #14 
  - Here's a pic of the Loon (for those like myself who don't watch MSM). . .  Journeyman   Jun-29-05 12:24 PM   #41 
  - Words are not enough:  Stand and Fight   Jun-29-05 09:01 AM   #5 
  - This people in NC is, it's the other goobers I'm trying to edumacate  SaveAmerica   Jun-30-05 09:56 PM   #56 
  - She certainly stood her ground against that lying Rethug.  oasis   Jun-29-05 09:02 AM   #6 
  - The man is delusional  ewagner   Jun-29-05 09:02 AM   #7 
  - 'i could show you the proof about saddam/9/11 but i'd have to kill you  mopaul   Jun-29-05 09:03 AM   #8 
     - Exactly LOLOLOL  ewagner   Jun-29-05 09:08 AM   #11 
  - Sounds more like the six degrees of separation excuse....  Liberal Veteran   Jun-29-05 09:09 AM   #12 
  - Following that logic  NewJeffCT   Jul-01-05 09:00 AM   #61 
  - Here's one of the biggest lies:  Stand and Fight   Jun-29-05 09:09 AM   #13 
  - maybe they did not let the dems see it???????  rodeodance   Jun-29-05 10:06 AM   #25 
     - dems dont see it, because it DOESNT EXIST!!  LSK   Jun-29-05 11:08 AM   #31 
  - She's usually so silly  qanda   Jun-29-05 09:14 AM   #15 
  - I'm just surprised Carol did anything.  LightningFlash   Jun-29-05 09:19 AM   #18 
  - Surreal. It must be nice to live in his safe, secure universe  CitrusLib   Jun-29-05 09:15 AM   #16 
  - Isn't the Hayes wind up toy cute? What a tool!  leesa   Jun-29-05 09:18 AM   #17 
  - My head is spinning.  Blue State Native   Jun-29-05 09:21 AM   #19 
  - I find this gratifying  stanwyck   Jun-29-05 09:29 AM   #20 
  - lets hope for that sea change quickly!  rodeodance   Jun-29-05 03:15 PM   #47 
  - thats the same typical freeper logic i see on yahoo boards  LSK   Jun-29-05 09:54 AM   #21 
  - He sounded exactly like  stanwyck   Jun-29-05 03:58 PM   #49 
  - CNN also emphasized this in post-speech coverage last night --  DeepModem Mom   Jun-29-05 09:56 AM   #22 
  - also see this thread from ealier about this. It has email address for her  rodeodance   Jun-29-05 10:00 AM   #23 
  - thanks for the transcrpt--I will send to all I know-including some media.  rodeodance   Jun-29-05 10:01 AM   #24 
  - WHy can't anyone ask these idiots  shadowknows69   Jun-29-05 10:08 AM   #26 
  - CNN just replayed a part of the exchange...  leftchick   Jun-29-05 10:14 AM   #29 
  - CNN's new strategy  ColonelTom   Jun-29-05 11:29 AM   #36 
  - Daryn's going to get a nasty spanking for that....  kittenpants   Jun-29-05 01:33 PM   #45 
     - she was all pouty and shit when she said it  leftchick   Jun-29-05 07:01 PM   #51 
  - Six degrees of Kevin Bacon  zbdent   Jun-29-05 10:35 AM   #30 
  - So, the other members of the House don't get to see this info that  BR_Parkway   Jun-29-05 11:09 AM   #32 
  - Super-secret info. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. She sounds like Tom Cruise.  elehhhhna   Jun-29-05 12:15 PM   #39 
  - Okay. I'm impressed.  Just Me   Jun-29-05 11:17 AM   #33 
  - HAYES is calling BUSH a LIAR! HAYES is calling BUSH a LIAR!  LynnTheDem   Jun-29-05 11:25 AM   #34 
  - Kick for your post, Lynn! HAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA HAAA!  goodboy   Jun-29-05 11:30 AM   #37 
  - Lynn, he's my Congressman...  Hissyspit   Jun-29-05 09:54 PM   #55 
  - wow...  DemBeans   Jun-29-05 11:28 AM   #35 
  - LOL  wookie294   Jun-29-05 12:11 PM   #38 
  - The REPUBs will BURN for his last statement  berni_mccoy   Jun-29-05 12:18 PM   #40 
  - Boy, the Rest of the World  Tommymac   Jun-29-05 12:33 PM   #42 
  - I am TOTALLY SHOCKED  Carni   Jun-29-05 12:38 PM   #43 
  - "Saddam...involved in 9/11" - a blatant lie.  dchill   Jun-29-05 01:01 PM   #44 
  - Who is Costello  kwolf68   Jun-29-05 01:42 PM   #46 
  - Picking Jaw Up Off Of Floor....  in_cog_ni_to   Jun-29-05 03:25 PM   #48 
  - There's so much wrong here I don't even know where to begin...  nonconformist   Jun-29-05 04:06 PM   #50 
  - Damn! Wish I saw it live.  bigwillq   Jun-29-05 07:07 PM   #52 
  - Now that's the kind of questioning I like-- good for her  ailsagirl   Jun-29-05 07:10 PM   #53 
  - E-mail CNN.  dancingme   Jun-29-05 07:42 PM   #54 
  - Kick  Stand and Fight   Jul-01-05 01:47 AM   #57 
  - Oh, yeah, riiiiiiiight  TorchTheWitch   Jul-01-05 02:28 AM   #58 
  - Apparently the Peeps of NC are a bunch of Lolos...only nutjobs elect NUTS  opihimoimoi   Jul-01-05 07:20 AM   #59 
  - Yup, I agree with whoever upthread said the man is a lunatic.  Peace Patriot   Jul-01-05 08:55 AM   #60 

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